Developed in 2007, the SmURV platform (Small Universal Robotics Vehicle) is a comparatively cheap and easy to assemble robotics platform for educational, research and hobby purposes. Essentially, the platform consists of an iRobot Create with a small computer and camera mounted on top of it. This guide covers the (solderless) assembly of the platform (with subnotebook laptop) and tutorial for use with the Player/Stage middleware package. Topics covered include installation of Player on the subnotebook running Ubunte EEE, a tutorial for remote control teleoperation using playerjoy and playercam, and a few demonstration videos of the robot under human control. Alternatively, instructions for using ROS with this platform is available from brown-ros-pkg.